Appeal for £10,000 Somerset church bat roost
- 4 August 2013
- From the section Somerset
An appeal has been launched to raise £10,000 to rehome a colony of bats in a church in Somerset.
Since 2008, the Friends of Nunney church have raised £200,000 to replace the Grade I listed building's ceiling.
But before work can begin, more cash has to be found for a new bat roost for a small colony of protected lesser horseshoe bats living in the roof.
Parishioner David Scrutton said: "If we want to do any work to the ceiling we have to remove the bats first."
The lesser horseshoe bat (rhinolophus hipposideros) gets its name from its distinctive horseshoe-shaped nose.
The colony at the church is monitored by Natural England.